Postgraduate Taught Education Survey (PTES) privacy statement
This notice is provided to set out information about PTES, who processes your information, what they use it for and your rights under data protection legislation. The university is committed to protecting your personal information and being clear about what information we hold about you and how we use it. Your personal information will be kept strictly confidential by all parties involved and all information is used in compliance with data protection legislation (the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018).
What is PTES?
The Postgraduate Taught Education Survey is an independent survey that gathers information from our postgraduate students’ opinions on the quality of their course. The purpose of this survey is to help the university to collect data in order to enhance the postgraduate taught experience on a Masters, Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma Course. The university will use the data and results from the survey internally to assess performance against criteria such as teaching and learning, engagement, assessment and feedback, organisation and management and skills development. Further information about the PTES can be found here https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/reports-publications-and-resources/postgraduate-taught-experience-survey-ptes
Who carries out PTES and why?
The PTES is being carried out by Advance HE, an independent charity that is undertaking this survey on behalf of the University (advance-he.ac.uk). Advance HE are registered with the Information Commissioners Office on the Data Protection Public Register as required under the Data Protection Act.
We will not send your personal information directly to Advance HE, , instead, all eligible postgraduate taught students will be sent a link by the University to complete the survey. Whilst we do encourage students to participate in the survey, your participation is voluntary and you can stop at any point without your responses being included in the dataset by e-mailing UHSurveysAR@herts.ac.uk.
How will this data be used?
The responses to the survey will be collated by Advance HE and only anonymised data will be provided to the University in the format of analytical reports. This data will only be used in relation to the PTES. The university is committed to ensuring the anonymity of respondents and therefore no results will be made available either internally or externally which could identify individuals. Results will only be presented when there are enough responses to preserve anonymity, with 5 responses being the minimum required for any group which is being reported on. Where comments have been made against free text questions, these will be screened prior to dissemination to ensure that they do not reveal the identity of respondents nor that of others. The university may also decide to publish these results at any time (e.g. percentage scores, ranking with other institutions). We can assure you that you will not be identifiable in any published results.
Your participation in this survey, together with your individual responses to the questions, will be kept strictly confidential in line with the university’s policies and regulations : https://www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/governance/university-policies-and-regulations-uprs/uprs/information-management-and-systems
If you have any questions or require further information about this privacy statement or have any concerns about the use of data for these purposes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org